Facts About Orcas – Most of us have seen the killer whale on the documentary shows slicing through the water with incredible beauty, size and grace. This magnificent mammals actually belong to the dolphin family rather than the whale family.
These behemoths are incredibly cool, and are some of the smartest mammals on the planet. Here are some very cool facts about the giant killer whales known as Orcas:
- Orcas use echolocation which is a method of bouncing sounds off of things to dial in to their prey’s locations. This is extremely accurate.
- Orcas live in families rather than by themselves and these are called pods.
- Orcas breathe by thinking about it. When they sleep they have to keep half of their brain awake to continue breathing.
- Orcas are very protective of their young.
- Killer whales hunt in groups and literally use strategic hunting methods. They will vary these methods to find success when the original plan is not working.
- Orcas recognize their own “family members” and can hear them from miles away.
- Killer whales can live up to eighty years in the wild.
- Orcas are carnivores and eat everything from sea lions to birds to other dolphins. They will sometimes feed on giant whales and sharks when the opportunity presents itself.
- Humans are one of the few threats the killer whale faces.
- Killer whales live all over the world but they are most common in the Arctic.
Killer whales are some of the most gorgeous mammals on the planet and getting to see one is a special treat. If you ever get the chance to do so, you will see what I mean.
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